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Choosing a Specialty Pharmacy to Support Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic and progressive lung disease and the most common type of idiopathic interstitial lung disease. IPF causes scar tissue (fibrosis) to build up in the lungs, making the lungs unable to transport oxygen into the bloodstream. It is a terminal disease where the lung tissue becomes thick and stiff or scarred over time. The condition usually affects people between the ages of 50 and 70.Common symptoms include shortness of breath, a dry hacking cough, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, and muscle and joint aches. The condition is ‘idiopathic’ because the cause is unknown. Respiratory failure is the most common cause of death, typically occurring within 3-5 years of diagnosis.

While lung damage from IPF is irreversible and progressive, in some cases, it can be slowed by certain medications.When choosing a specialty pharmacy to support Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) patients, consider a team experienced in rare diseases, ready to listen, provide counseling on treatment, help with side-effect management, and assist with sourcing third-party financial assistance. Read more about Robert’s journey with IPF, and how Orsini has supported him through the process. As part of your IPF patient’s treatment, Orsini Specialty Pharmacy provides the following:

Access to IPF MedicationsChoose a specialty pharmacy with access to IPF medications. Orsini Specialty Pharmacy has access to Esbriet® (pirfenidone) and OFEV® (nintedanib), both oral medications.

IPF Care Team: Patients need an experienced IPF Care Team who can provide information and support throughout their journey. This includes a primary contact, clinical education, side-effects management, scheduled refill calls, and a direct phone, fax, and email address.

Shipping & Coordination of Care: Patients receive free priority overnight delivery of medications and necessary medical supplies. Orsini manages care coordination between prescribers, care sites, and patients.

Financial Assistance: IPF medications can be costly, and many patients cannot afford the co-pays associated with their health insurance. Orsini helps identify and assist in enrolling patients into manufacturer co-pay and foundation support programs.

24/7 Access to a Pharmacist: Choose a specialty pharmacy that can provide access to a pharmacist 24/7/365 to ensure patients always receive care when they need it.

We invite you to read more about Robert’s journey with IPF, and how Orsini has supported him through the process.

If you are a prescriber or physician office representative, click here to access IPF enrollment forms. In addition, you can always connect with your Orsini rep to schedule a call and answer any questions. If you are a prospective patient, click here to start your patient enrollment form.